New York Red Bulls Select Six in MLS Supplemental Draft

By J.J. Zucal
Ryan Clark of Monmouth University was taken by the New York Red Bulls as the No. 1 overall selection in the MLS Supplemental Draft. Photo from

The New York Red Bulls stayed in New Jersey when the club selected Ryan Clark as with the first overall pick in the Major League Soccer supplemental draft.

Clark, whose high school career was spent about 40 miles from Red Bull Arena, in Freehold Township, N.J., was one of six college players taken Tuesday by the club. Its first four selections were midfielders, an area where they were thin on the roster.

At Monmouth University, along the Jersey shore, Clark, a midfielder, was a four-time Northeast Conference first-team selection and twice was named to the North Atlantic Region first team by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Clark posted 12 goals and 25 assists in 80 career matches for the Hawks.

Michael Bustamente, a midfielder from Boston University, was taken as the Red Bulls’ second pick of the first round, at No. 13 overall.  Bustamente was a four-time America East Conference and NSCAA Northeast Region first-team selection. Despite missing the 2011 season with a leg injury, he had nine goals and 27 assists in 69 career matches.

Ben Fisk was the first of two second-round selections. Fisk, a midfielder from the University of Washington, was a Pac-12 Conference first-team honoree and named to the NSCAA Far West third team last season after he transferred from Cal Poly for his senior year. Fisk had three goals and three assists in 20 matches for the Huskies last season.

Marc Cintron, a Providence College midfielder, came two picks later, at No. 34 overall.  Cintron, a Piscataway, N.J., native who played at St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark, N.J., across the Passaic River from the Red Bulls’ home in Harrison, was a NSCAA Northeast Region first-team and Big East Conference third-team selection last season. He had eight goals and 20 assists in 69 career matches for the Friars. Cintron also has made three appearances with the Puerto Rican national team and scored during a August 2012 home friendly against Spain.

Stephane Diop of the University of Connecticut was the Red Bulls’ third-round selection. Diop, a Senegalese native, is a forward who was named to the Big East Conference‘s third team last season. Diop had 16 goals in 82 matches as a four-year Huskies’ player.

Andrew Ribiero was a first-team defender on the NSCAA Division 1 All-America squad at Creighton University during his season year. He posted three goals for the Bluejays and was named to the Missouri Valley Conference‘s first team last season. Ribiero can provide some offense as he tallied 10 goals in 70 career matches for Creighton.

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